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Coal-to-gas switching helps mitigate rise in CO2 emissions

A switch from coal to gas in power generation helped offset the growth in global CO2 emissions in 2018 A switch from coal to gas in power generation helped offset the growth in global CO2 emissions in 2018.
By Andreas Walstad 1 April 2019 World / Policy & Regulation 0 34090
Year-on-year change in CO2 emissions, 2017-2018

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 1.7% in 2018, to a historic high of 33.1 billion tons, according to a recent update by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The increase would have been more severe without coal-to-gas switching in the power sector, the agency noted.

Year-on-year change in coal demand, 2017-2018

“Without this coal-to-gas switch, the increase in emissions would have been more than 15% greater,” the IEA said. Switching...